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Tiebreaker dispute continues for legislative seat

A Mississippi House committee meets Tuesday to start discussing a contested race that went to a drawing of straws for a tiebreaker.
House Speaker Philip Gunn appointed a panel of four Republicans and one Democrat to hear the petition filed by Republican challenger Mark Tullos.
He and Democratic Rep. Bo Eaton each received 4,589 votes in the Nov. 3 election in Smith and Jasper counties, and Eaton won a drawing of straws Nov. 20.
Tullos is asking the Republican-majority House to seat him as the District 79 representative. In his petition, Tullos questions the way ballots were counted.
The committee chairman, Republican Rep. Mark Baker of Brandon, says Tuesday's meeting is only to get organized. No action will be taken until the legislative session starts in early January.

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